Alexey Kallima was born in 1969 in Grozny. From 1984 to 1989, he studied at Krasnodar Art School (painting department). At the end of the 1990s, he moved to Moscow and became a member of the Radek Community, which opposed art commercialization. Kallima participated in performances, happenings; he worked with digital printing, readymades. Toward the second half of the decade, he devotes more time to painting. During this period, the central themes of his works are the Chechen War, the everyday life of migrants and participants of the military conflict. Among many other works on this topic, there is the series 'The Houris' (2004), 'You and Your Friend from Malgobek' (2005), 'Anticyclone' (2006). Alexey Kallima experiments with large-format pieces throughout these two decades — there are panoramic compositions, frescoes, and "invisible paintings." In particular, Alexey Kallima came into prominence for his murals: 'Metamorphoses' for the 1st Moscow Biennale (2005), exhibitions 'Our Apologies, the Opening of the Exhibition Has Been Postponed for Technical Reasons' (Louvre, 2010) and 'Psy' (2016) at the OVCHARENKO Gallery (until 2018 – Regina). Some murals were made with fluorescent paint, visible only in ultraviolet light. For one of these works, 'Terek – Chelsea,' the artist received the Innovation prize (nomination "Project of the Year) in 2005.

In the 2010s, the artist focused on the theme of everyday life. He reinterprets familiar repetitive imagery like shelves in a store or tire tracks on the snow into mesmerizing compositions with masterful drawing and use of colour.

Solo exhibitions:


Edge. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia.



City of Roads. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia.


Darkness is Longer than Night. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia.

Dancing Ghosts. VLADEY Space. Moscow, Russia.


Psy. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia.


Audience. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia.


Grey Days. Bright Dreams. Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia.


Everything is for Sale. Regina Gallery. London, UK.
Rain Theorem. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Consider Yourself Lucky. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


Sorry, the Exhibition Opening Has Been Postponed for Technical Reasons. Parallel program of the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


Chechen Women’s Skydiving Team. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Les ténèbres sont plus longues que la nuit. Galerie Ann de Villepoix. Paris, France.
Vous nous regardez, nous vous regardons! MAC / VAL. Paris, France.


Chechen Women’s Skydiving Team. Lehmann Maupin Gallery. New York, USA.
Unnamed Hill. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Closed Party. Volker Diehl Gallery. Berlin, Germany.
Capitalism Garbage. Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Bourges. Bourges, France.


Sky Patrol. Galerie Anne de Villepoix. Paris, France.


Dead Calm. Chechnya. White Box Gallery, New York, USA.
Private emotions. Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Rebels. In collaboration with Erbol Meldibekov. Galerie Volker Diehl. Berlin, Germany.


19.45. S'Art. Moscow, Russia.
You and Your Friend from Malgobek. Dom Culture Center. Moscow, Russia.
10 Minute Intermission. Art Strelka / Vitrina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Chronicles. Reflex Gallery. ArtStrelka. Moscow, Russia.


Houris and Relapse. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Just a Minute. State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


Malika, Shut the Door. S'Art. Moscow, Russia.
Tomorrow. France Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Case on the Roadside, or Examination on Roads. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Distance. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


Memorial to the Victims. France Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Zephyrs, installation. France Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


You Are Where You Are Absent, happening. France Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Chechens, Art Moscow. The Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.


Painting and Works on Paper. Zakharov Museum. Grozny, Russia.


Group exhibitions:


WELCOME! VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.



Temple Masterpieces, or Enjoy Your Bath! VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.

ZDRAVSTVUYTE! OVCHARENKO in cooperation with VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.


First-hand Art. A Collector’s View: Looking Back and Forward. OVCHARENKO. Moscow, Russia.
Contemporary Art from the Marat Guelman Collection. State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Help out! Presale Exhibition. Cultural Centre Tverskaya 15. Moscow, Russia.


Perfect Collection. Art4 Museum. Moscow, Russia.


Before / After. Art4 Museum. Moscow, Russia.
Art of the 2000s. State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


Love. Presale Exhibition. Vladey Space. Moscow, Russia.



Tutti Frutti. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Football-Hockey. Center for Contemporary Art Winzavod. Moscow, Russia.


BALAGAN!!! Kühlhaus am Gleisdreieck, Max Liebermann Haus, MOMENTUM at Kunstquartier Bethanien. Berlin, Germany.
Pierre Brochet’s Puzzle. Multimedia Art Museum. Moscow, Russia.
New Story-tellers in Russian Art of the XX–XXI Centuries. State Russian Museum. Moscow, Russia.


Laboratory of Aesthetic Suspicion. The parallel program of Manifesta 10. Art Space New Industry. Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Russian Performance: A Cartography of its History. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.


The Team I Can't Live Without. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.


Audience As Subject, Part 2. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. San Francisco, USA.
Apocalypse and Renaissance. The First Ukrainian Biennale of Contemporary Art. Kiev, Ukraine.
Kandinsky Prize. Barcelona, Spain
For Fair Elections. Paperworks Gallery. Moscow, Russia
Postcards from Artists. VP Studios. Moscow, Russia.

Motherland. PERMM Museum. Perm, Russia.


Russian Utopias. Part 2. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Diary of a Madman. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Contrepoint. Musée du Louvre. Paris, France.


Russian Povera. The 3rd Moscow Biennal of Contemporary Art. Red October. Moscow, Russia.
Victory Over the Future. Russian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Venice, Italy.


Thaw. Chelsea Art Museum. New York, USA.
Russian Povera. River Station Hall. Perm, Russia.


Art in Between. Journey into Swaying Imagination. Galleria Tiziana Di Caro. Salerno, Italy.
Thaw, 15 years of M. Guelman Gallery. State Russian Museum. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Sots Art. Art politique en Russie de 1972 à aujourd'hui. La Maison Rouge. Paris, France.
Moscoupolis. Espace Louis Vuitton. Paris, France.
Heterotopias. 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. Thessaloniki, Greece.
The Diary of the Artist. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.
Witness Of The Impossible. Collateral exhibition of the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Moscow Centre of Art. Moscow, Russia.
Theatrum Mundi. Galerie Anne de Villepoix. Paris, France.
Sots Art. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. Russia.
Free Party-2. Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Grenoble, France.
The Future Depends on You. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.
The Baroque. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Moscow, Russia.


Rebels. Galerie Volker Diehl. Berlin, Germany.
Contemporary Art Lexicon. Article 1. Identity. Foundation For Visual Art Support ERA. Moscow, Russia.
Origin of Species. Contemporary City Foundation. Moscow, Russia.
Questions of Identity. Chameleon Gallery. Walsall, UK.
Moscow News. The National Gallery. Prague, Czech Republic.
Free Party. Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Grenoble, France.


Act of Charity. France Gallery, Art Strelka, Zverev Center of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Dialectics of Hope. 1st Moscow Biennale. Lenin Museum. Moscow, Russia.
The 8th Kaliningrad Graphics Biennale, Russia.
The 4th Shiryaev Biennale, Russia.
Russian Pop Art. The State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Europalia. Festival of Russian Art. Brussels, Belgium.
Facial Portraits. M'ARS Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Artists and Armaments. M'ARS Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Моscow Breaking Through. Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf. London, UK.


Se Opp! Watch Out Art From Moscow And St.Petersburg. Oslo, Norway.
System оf Coordinates. Zagreb, Croatia.
Beyond the Red Horizon. Centre of Contemporary Arts. Moscow, Russia; Zamek Ujazdowski. Warsaw, Poland.


Fashion Control. Guelman Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
ART KLYAZMA. Festival of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Stop! Who Goes? NSCA. Moscow, Russia.
Same Old Sun Everywhere. France Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Inspection Platform. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
New Countdown. Central House of Artists. Moscow, Russia.


Davaj! Russian Art Now. Postfuhramt, Berlin, Germany; MAC, Wien, Austria.
Snowgirl, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
Instead of Art. Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.
Actual Report. Samara, Tolyatti, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
Melioration. Festival of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Stop! Who goes? NSCA. Moscow, Russia.
100% Vision. Regina Gallery. Moscow, Russia.
Pop/Art. Zverev Center of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.
Georgia from/to. Zverev Center of Contemporary Art. Moscow, Russia.

Personal / Impersonal. Baumanskaya, 13. Moscow, Russia.


The World of Sensual Things in Pictures. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Moscow, Russia.


The 46th Venice Biennale. Venice, Italy.